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Making Memories

Making Memories

Supporting local families in need to experience the magic of theatre

A visit to the theatre is a magical experience that can create treasured memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, due to financial hardship, illness or trauma, many families across Coventry and Warwickshire are unable to experience the magic of theatre.

That’s where our Making Memories campaign comes in. Set up in 2012, Making Memories funds opportunities for local families in need to access theatre, ensuring that no child need miss out on the benefits that engaging with the arts can bring.

Tickets are allocated via referral through Coventry Foodbank, with the help and support of other charitable organisations across the city.

Over the last eight years, generous donors have raised enough money to enable 3,710 people (amounting to more than 800 families) to experience the transformative power of live performance, primarily through tickets to our popular Christmas pantomimes.

“The pantomime was so much fun for us all, I’m so glad we went, I was planning on taking them this year but then our nightmare came along with the darkness. It was truly lovely for us and to see my 3 kids smile again. Magical. Thank you again.”
– Making Memories beneficiary, Puss in Boots 2019

Thanks to your generosity, our Christmas 2019-20 campaign raised a record-breaking £12,755, equivalent to 755 tickets. But the campaign doesn’t end just because Christmas is over: there are many more opportunities for families to get involved throughout the year.

As well as donating any spare change at bucket collections at the end of our panto performances, you can also donate to Making Memories online, via box office or by calling 024 7684 6758.

For our 2020-21 campaign, we are extending those we support to include NHS & Care Workers who have faced challenging times this year. Whilst Christmas might feel a little different this year, our commitment to supporting those in need to experience the magic of theatre hasn’t changed, and so:

 

  • A donation of just £16 will enable a child in need, and their family, to access Jack and the Beanstalk Online.
  • A donation of £60 will enable a whole family to experience the magic of theatre at the Belgrade.

 

Your donation will go towards helping local children like Kayesha who are facing a range of difficult circumstances beyond their control.

Kayesha lives in Coventry with her grandparents, mother and two younger brothers. For several years, Kayesha’s mother has battled with her mental health and, during her darkest moments, has relied on family members to support Kayesha and her brothers. With no father figure in their lives, the children have struggled to cope with ‘losing’ their mother for short periods – which has left the entire family emotionally and financially drained. Kayesha loves to sing and make up dance routines in her bedroom, but has found it difficult to enjoy these activities whilst her mum isn’t well. Kayesha is just 7 years of age, and enjoying the Belgrade’s Christmas panto will enable her to spend precious time with her family – singing and dancing, booing and hissing!

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Help to enrich thousands of lives through the power of theatre by supporting our work. All donations are appreciated, whatever the value.

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